PDX NO HATE SKATE
Instead of the city's yearly "Go Skate Day" gathering, creative minds in Portland listened to the word of the streets and made appropriate changes in both name and purpose. "No Hate Day" provided an opportunity for skaters and skate-adjacent to gather, skate, educate, appreciate and enter a raffle that raised funds for Black Lives Matter affiliated organizations. Before the event wrapped, Smart Collective reported that donations of $875 were made to Black Resilience Fund, Don't Shoot PDX, The Okra Project and $900 to Equitable Giving Circle.
ROLL WITH US – Seattle Skaters Support BLM
ROLL WITH US was held on June 21st in Seattle. The event consisted primarily of skateboarders but included any wheeled ally- rollerskaters & bladers, bicycles, longboarders- could literally "roll with us!"
The purpose of this peaceful rally was to take a stand against police brutality. The rally started at the Carl Anderson Tennis courts now part of the C.H.O.P area in Capitol Hill and ended at the Jose Rizal Bridge approximately 1.5 miles south. Once reaching the final destination all wheeled friends chanted against police brutality and for Black Lives Matter.
VANS 👉 SKATE WITCHES CAPTURING THE ZEITGEIST!
Vans has thrown the virtual smack down with this super cool collaboration with our pals, the Skate Witches. As part of their "THIS IS OFF THE WALL" campaign, they are partnering up to offer the DEPTH OF FIELD: WORKSHOP SERIES. Featuring three online classes offered to women, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming peeps, expert witches will share their knowledge of skate photography, videography and zine writing.
PORTLAND SKATE FOR BLACK LIVES
Girls and boys. Men and women. Freaks and geeks. Skaters, bladers, roller skaters and a spectrum of skin tones. Everyone was welcome and everyone showed up June 10th to skate around the waterfront for black lives.
The Empath’s Guide to Total Domination
Absurd. Lindsay’s narrative is — and has been for these past few weeks —ridiculous. Uncharted. Somehow Suay Sew Shop has flipped from a dark wave of uncertainty to a crowd-funded infusion of over $110,000. The news story recounts the drama of Lindsay, her business partner Heather Pavlu and childhood friend Chloe Schempf as the trio began researching, constructing and innovating the essential and notoriously absent PPE masks.
WHAT THE QUELL? 🤷♀️🛹🍻
We were so excited when we heard Quell was holding a day-long series of events last February in partnership with Leo Baker’s NYC Skate Project and sponsored by Nike SB. NYC Skate Project was started by Leo to provide programming for gender non-conforming, trans folx, non-binary folx, and CIS women who skate. We were able to send our MOST EXCELLENT east coast correspondent and resident beginner skater Maya Haptas out to the event and she gave us a run-down of what it’s like to attend.
Get On Board with Skate Like a Girl!
Come out for the night to celebrate and support SLAG programming which last year reached over 10,000 individuals building confidence, resilience and an inclusive community through the vehicle of skateboarding. The night will include food, drinks, music, a live and silent auction of exclusive items and hearing personal stories from the program.
REVIEW: Olympic Skateboarding Uniforms with Marisa dal Santo
To form our opinion, we asked the most stylish person we know, skateboarder/fashionista Marisa dal Santo for some of her wisdom. Since she stopped sacrificing her body to stair counts, Marisa has been developing her super dope and extremely popular vintage clothing business, GenXtravaganza.
Australia Fire Fundraiser in Long Beach!
"Watching places we had vacationed to burning to the ground on social media, hearing friends stories of being evacuated from their homes & the sounds of koalas screaming became overwhelming. We just had to do something to help our land, people and animals."
Skating Around Climate Change
When the homie Poppy Starr jumped into the ocean recently in her hometown of Newcastle, 100 miles north of Sydney in the burning State of New South Wales, she emerged covered in ash. "Felt like an apocalypse, end of the world type stuff." Like the majority of cities in Australia, Newcastle sits on the coastline & benefits from offshore winds decreasing the accumulation of smoke.